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Community Event Planning
Why do you need a Festival and Event Permit?
A Festival and Event Permit will identify when an organized activity is being hosted in a park, road or venue. This helps prevent scheduling conflicts and ensures the appropriate insurance and licensing are in place.
Contact the Community Events Administrator at 403-851-2535 to check availability before applying and to guide you through the process.
Download the Town of Cochrane Event Planning Standards
*New online application!*
Small (fewer than 24 people), private events are welcome to gather at any town firepit on a first-come-first-served basis. No permit is required and no reservations taken. Be sure to check on the current fire hazard status before heading out.
The toilets in Mitford Park and the Historic Ranche Site are now closed for the winter.
Event Planner Resources:
Did you know that the Town of Cochrane has three-stream waste diversion containers you may borrow at no charge to help divert your event waste?
*New interactive map of town parks and pathways can be found here. It shows the locations of playgrounds, public washroom, firepits, public parking, courts, pathways and much more.
Once you've found a suitable outdoor location for your event, you can use Town interactive and downloadable maps to build your site plan. Festival and Event applications must include a site plan detailing all event features.
The Town has digital signs at two locations. Local non-profit community organizations may request space on the digital signs to promote events.
Events with amplified or sustained noise must apply for a Noise Control Bylaw Exemption. In accordance with Noise Control Bylaw No. 16/2011
Invite the Mayor
To invite the Mayor to your special event, simply fill out the Mayor Invite Request form.
Event Permit Fees
|Community Event Standard Permit||$55+GST|
|Community Event Permit with Supplementary Services||$100+GST|
Other Helpful Links:
Check the Alberta Health Services site or call 1-833-476-4743 to determine if you must notify the provincial authority of your event. Typical examples of features that require AHS notification include personal services, petting zoos, food service and so on.
If you anticipate any ground disturbances such as hammering any spikes into the ground or digging holes during your event, contact Utility Safety Partners to arrange a utility locate request.
Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis
Find information regarding liquor licenses for public events here.
Upcoming Special Event Street Closures:
Keep checking this space for info regarding special event road closures.
- Large closure plan Historic Downtown
- Small closure plan Historic Downtown
Stay informed of upcoming event street closures by subscribing to notifications here: https://cochrane.ca/list.aspx